New store will facilitate structure-based design and virtual screening programmes and accelerate confirmation testing of hits from HTS at pharmaceutical company
RTS Life Science's success in the USA continues with the
award of a contract to supply OSI Pharmaceuticals, a
biotechnology company, with a Compact Store and automated picking
Delivery is expected to OSI's Farmingdale R and D site
on Long Island during the first quarter of 2004.
leads discovery at OSI Pharmaceuticals, Michael Boisclair,
commented: "This new store will represent a significant
advance in our focused screening programme.
"Once the RTS
store is installed, we expect to be able to cherry pick compounds
at ten to 30 times higher daily throughput than can be achieved
by our current semi-automated process.
"The new store will
facilitate our structure-based design and virtual screening
programmes and accelerate confirmation testing of hits from
The Flexpicker robot, working with the Gudel store
robot under RTS's d-Sprint software, are the keys to the
This system will also boast two unique
Neil Kelly, RTS's project manager, explained:
"We have designed a special tray which increases accuracy at
the same time as decreasing the spaces between tubes.
have achieved this by designing a high density tray capable of
holding 2004 1.4ml ABgene tubes.
"The tubes are secured and
accurately located owing to the profile of the tube and the tray.
"Rather than use robotic grippers to lift the special racks
off the conveyor, we have designed a pneumatic actuator, which
allows the racks to be automatically retrieved by the Heraeus
"It is a simple solution, working rather like a
"Our experience as integrators has proved that
some of the simplest ideas are the best."